Don’t miss these 8 5Point Film events |

Don’t miss these 8 5Point Film events

Fitz Cahall interviewing Kyle Dempster at Steve's Guitars during a live taping of "The Dirtbag Diaries" at the 2013 5Point FIlm Festival.
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What: 5Point Film Festival

Where: Carbondale Rec Center and elsewhere, Carbondale

When: Thursday through Sunday

How much: $10-$34 per program

Tickets and more info:




4:30 p.m. Van Life Rally

7 Film Program I


1 p.m. Student Special Film Program

7 Film Program II


11 a.m. Youth Adventure Film

12: 30 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Community Picnic

2:30 Best of 10 Years Film Program

7 Film Program III


Noon Film Program IV

4 p.m. Sunday Surprise and Awards

The primetime Friday and Saturday night shows are sold out. But, as of press time, tickets were still available for the rest.

The 5Point Film Festival is about movies and adventure, sure. But it’s also about a movement and an inclusive worldview. The Carbondale-based festival has carved out a distinct and impossible-to-replicate place for itself in mountain culture, where adventure porn and cliff-hucking eye candy are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s become a global community united by the festival’s titular five points: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance.

Anybody who has spent a night in the Carbondale Rec Center during a 5Point program — with its series of films, special guests, surprises and collective positive energy — knows the high-minded and whimsical festival is the ski bum and dirtbag world at its best. Here are can’t-miss highlights:

Student Special

A new addition for 2017, this program — free for sixth- through 12th-graders — will welcome classes from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley for an afternoon of inspiration from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday.

“The Time Travelers”

This 23-minute film by 5Point regular Forrest Woodward is among the festival’s most anticipated. It follows the U.S. Rafting Team on its attempt to break the speed record in the Grand Canyon on a 48-foot self-built custom boat. Woodward and this team of rafters and expedition members — which includes Carbondale’s Seth Mason and Ian Anderson — will be on hand for the Friday 7 p.m. screening.

Fryingpan River Clean Up

5Point inspires action, and this is one way to make a significant and immediate local impact by volunteering time picking up trash along the Fryingpan. The cleanup begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. (with a free breakfast) and includes prizes for the best, most toxic, most useful and most unusual trash.

“The Dirtbag Diaries”

After years of overflow crowds at Steve’s Guitars and the Crystal Theatre, the best adventure podcast around moves to the new Confluence festival area on the Fourth Street Plaza for a noon Saturday taping. Host Fitz Cahall has been coming to 5Point since the beginning, always bringing along fascinating guests for thoughtful conversation.

Best Of 5Point

The festival looks back on its first decade with a 2:30 p.m. program Saturday afternoon at the Carbondale Rec Center that will give encore presentations of some of the most memorable films from the last 10 years, hand-picked by 5Point founder Julie Kennedy. Among them are Joey Schusler’s road trip adventure “The Bus,” Mark Tipple’s inspirational disabled surfing short “Duct Tape Surfing” and the dual profile of climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold in “A Line Across the Sky.”

Wade Newsom

The Carbondale-based slam poet is synonymous with 5Point. His powerhouse spoken-word piece “Participate” was the rallying cry and signature artistic piece of its first decade. He’s back onstage Saturday night, when he serves as emcee of the 7 p.m. film program.

“Above the Fray”

Alpinist and filmmaker Graham Zimmerman’s new film, playing during Sunday afternoon’s Program IV, profiles climber Beth Rodden as she reflects on a terrifying expedition in Kyrgyzstan and how motherhood has helped her discover a balanced life.

Paddy O’Connell

The skier, writer, stand-up comedian and unofficial 5Point mascot moved to Carbondale after falling in love with the town during a festival visit. This year he’s emcee for Friday night’s primetime show and both of Sunday’s film programs — noon’s 12-film “Changemaker” presentation and the 4 p.m. surprise lineup.

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